Traffic Flow Simulation drives efficiency and sustainability

Traffic flow simulation uses computer modeling to simulate vehicle movement on a road network. These simulations use variables such as road layout, traffic signals, traffic volume, pedestrians, mass transit, and the number of vehicles.

Using these simulations, PMC can analyze and evaluate the impact of proposed changes, assess existing roads, consider different traffic control strategies, and help our customers make informed decisions about designing, operating, and maintaining sustainable, safe, and efficient transportation systems. 

Our Capabilities

Network design and optimization

Traffic flow simulation optimizes road network traffic by simulating scenarios to identify bottlenecks. Engineers use the results to enhance network design, considering factors like road layout, signals, and vehicle speeds for optimal design.

Signal timing and control

Use simulation to improve traffic signal timing by analyzing vehicle and pedestrian flow. Adjust traffic light timings and test dynamic signaling strategies for better traffic management. This reduces congestion and enhances safety on the roads.

Pedestrian simulation

Pedestrian safety and traffic flow simulation are crucial for urban planning. Public transportation simulations assess design impacts on system efficiency, optimizing mobility with solutions like bus rapid transit and identifying and addressing bottlenecks.

Mass Transit

PMC enhances urban traffic flow and mass transit efficiency through advanced technology and strategic expertise. Using simulation software and real-time data analysis, we identify congestion solutions and improve route planning for smooth passenger movement, supporting urban infrastructure and safe transportation.

Traffic Flow Simulation Software

Traffic Flow Simulation Applications

  • Identify areas for improvement in current roadways and evaluate their performance.
  • Analyze proposed changes to the roadway network, such as new highways, roundabouts, or signal timings.
  • Assess the impact of traffic control strategies such as ramp metering, congestion pricing, or lane closures.
  • Design transportation systems, including public transit routes or bike lanes.
  • Study the effects of external factors such as weather conditions or special events on traffic flow.
  • Develop emergency response plans for traffic incidents or disasters.
  • Optimize traffic flow in complex situations, such as airports, seaports, or large-scale events.
  • Conduct safety analysis and risk assessments for traffic operations.

Market Areas

Autonomous vehicles (AV) and connected vehicle (CV) technologies
Infrastructure development
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
Road network design
Traffic engineering
Transportation planning
EV Charging
Urban planning
Vehicle and transportation engineering
Emergency management
Land use planning
Environmental assessment
Public safety

Our Experts

PMC's traffic flow simulation experts use advanced software and modeling techniques to analyze and optimize traffic patterns. With decades of experience, we identify bottlenecks and issues, developing strategies for improved flow and safety. Our proven track record includes successful projects for diverse clients, supported by our qualified and technical team. Utilizing state-of-the-art software, we provide accurate simulations for various traffic conditions, offering customized solutions validated with real-world data.

Related Service: Agent Based Simulation Modeling

PMC offers agent-based simulation modeling services to assist businesses and organizations in understanding complex systems and processes. Agent-based modeling involves creating individual "agents" with unique attributes and behaviors and simulating their interactions within a larger system.

PMC's team of experts uses this methodology to build custom simulations that provide insights into various domains, such as manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics, and transportation. These simulations can help organizations optimize their operations, reduce costs, and improve decision-making capabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can simulation help me in the design stage of a road network?
Yes! Using software, proposals can be tested from simple intersections, all the way to large highway interchanges.
What data can traffic simulation show me?
Traffic simulation models can have their own bespoke statistics, but a typical model will, for example, show statistics on throughput, density, severity and length of jams, among many others. Traffic simulations can also be viewed as a real-time animation.
How can traffic simulation help improve existing infrastructure?
With simulation, it is easy to simulate the effects of any changes to a road network, whether they be additions or subtractions. Traffic simulation is also an effective tool for finding the optimal timing and sequencing of traffic lights.
Is traffic simulation limited to roads and automobiles?
No, traffic simulations can include pedestrians and other obstacles, which can interact with the flow of traffic.
What is Traffic Simulation?
Traffic flow simulation is a computer-based modeling technique that can be used to analyze and predict the movement of vehicles on a road network.
How is traffic simulation used?
Traffic simulation is used in a variety of ways to analyze and predict traffic patterns and to evaluate the impact of proposed changes to transportation infrastructure or systems. Some common uses include: Urban and transportation planning
  • Intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
  • Vehicle and transportation engineering.
  • •Emergency management
How does traffic flow simulation work?
Traffic flow simulation is a computer-based modeling technique that is used to analyze and predict the movement of vehicles on a road network. The simulation typically involves the creation of a computer model of the road network and the vehicles on it, and the use of algorithms to predict the overall traffic flow
How accurate is traffic simulation?

The quality and completeness used to create the model and the accuracy of the traffic flow algorithms used in the simulation influence its accuracy. The more detailed and realistic the simulation model is, the more real-world factors it can take into account, increasing its accuracy.

Traffic flow simulation can be a useful tool for analyzing and predicting traffic patterns, but the accuracy of the simulation results depends on a number of factors, including the quality and completeness of the data used to create the model, the complexity and realism of the simulation model, and the accuracy of the traffic flow algorithms used in the simulation.

In general, the more detailed and realistic the simulation model is, the more accurate the simulation results are likely to be. This is because the simulation is able to take into account a greater number of real-world factors that can affect traffic flow, such as the behavior of individual drivers, the layout of the road network, and the presence of traffic control devices.

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